TUC pensions day of action

Submitted by Anon on 4 March, 2005 - 2:31

Thousands of public-sector workers attended rallies and lobbies on Friday 18 February to protest at government plans to downgrade public-sector pensions schemes. Friday 18 February was called by the TUC as a nationwide day of protest on pensions.

Demonstrations, protests and rallies were held in:

  • Cambridge: a demo in the town centre. Workers at Addenbrooke's Hospital held workplace meetings about the NHS Pensions Review.
  • Camden: UNISON organised an open-topped double decker with a specially-made banner proclaiming “strike now to save our pensions”.
  • Croydon: Pensioners Alliance groups, Croydon UNISON, PCS and BWTUC held a leafleting and petition-signing event outside Whitgift Shopping Centre.
  • Lambeth: a joint lunchtime protest between Lambeth Trades Council and the Lambeth Pensioners Action Group (LAMPAG).
  • Hammersmith and Fulham: rally outside the town hall.
  • Islington: a lobby of Islington Town Hall at lunchtime.
  • Manchester: a very good demo in St Peters Square, Manchester with at least 200 people.
  • Newham: two lunchtime marches and rallies were held in Newham, one in Stratford and one in East Ham.
  • Southend: a demonstration of 200 workers marched from the civic centre in Southend.
  • York: a rally in St Helens Square with a whole range of public service workers represented.

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